James Dickey, the owner of a fire-ruined shell of a former house at 97 Mt. Ida Rd. in Dorchester, today filed an appeal of a federal judge's decision that he stop bothering federal judges with his attempts to keep the city from tearing down what's left of the structure, which the city says now exists solely as a haven for rats.
Dickey, who lives in Sudbury, paid $505 for his appeal to the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston. The request means ISD cannot pursue any action in state Housing Court to tear down the wreck and then bill Dickey for the work until after a panel of justices reviews Dickey's claim that his property is somehow affected by an alleged conspiracy by city and Housing Court officials to steal properties from black owners even though he is himself white.
After US District Court Judge Richard Stearns sent the case back to Housing Court again and warned Dickey to stop showing "complete disregard of prior court orders" last month, ISD went back into Housing Court, where a judge had scheduled a hearing for today on the status of the case. The hearing was continued.
Stearns himself ruled today that Dickey's appeal to the next level of the judiciary means he no longer has any jurisdiction over the case.